Loyola University Chicago

We’re official! SOS at Loyola was registered on February 23, 2015.
Check back with us soon for more information.


Chapter Officers:

  • Dana Zakieh

  • President

Dana Zakieh is currently attending Loyola University, double majoring in Psychology and Spanish with a focus on pre-health. In addition to holding an executive board position on SOS Loyola, Dana works in a research lab studying language development and acquisition in infanthood. Her interests include studying languages, traveling, reading and spending quality time with family and friends. As someone who is invested in the Syrian crisis Dana will be working hard through SOS and other organizations to help lift the pain and suffering of the Syrian people.

  • Mahdi Sahloul

  • Vice President

Mahdi Sahloul is a sophomore at Loyola University of Chicago pursuing a degree in Economics and a minor in Exercise Science, with a focus on pre-health. As co-founder and vice president of SOS at Loyola, Mahdi organizes events, coordinates with speakers, and assists the president in running meetings as smoothly as possible. Mahdi has been an active volunteer with the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) for the past three years, participating in their Pysch-Social mission in Jordan and Turkey.

  • Rahma Bayrakdar

  • Secretary

Rahma Bayrakdar is a Syrian-American living in Chicago and a sophomore at Loyola University studying history and political science. She has gone to various parts of Turkey every summer for the past four years visiting Syrian refugee families and camps. Rahma has also helped organize and participate in Syrian Orphans Organization’s yearly summer camps that teach Syrian refugee children various subjects including Arabic, English, and arts and crafts.

  • Sami Shabeeb

  • Treasurer

Sami Shabeeb is a sophomore at Loyola University Chicago pursuing an undergraduate degree in Biology. Both of his parents were born and raised in Damascus, Syria. When he isn’t hard at work for SOS, he spends his time playing soccer and eating knafe. He likes to take long, scenic walks to the library and is an avid Bulls, Bears, and Cubs fan. He hopes that one day in the near-future, the board members of each SOS chapter around the nation can gather in a free, safe, and healthy Syria. Until then, he will be doing everything under his own power to alleviate the pain of those in and outside of his homeland.

  • Abed Dakhel

  • Public Relations

Abed Dakhel is a junior pursuing an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science. Born in Illinois, he resided in Dubai for 10 years attending a private Syrian school. Having most of his family in Aleppo, who have suffered multiple crises, has made him dedicated to help start SOS at Loyola University of Chicago and to help spread awareness about the conflict through a different perspective. He believes in what this organization stands for and counts on seeing the advancement of its cause.


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